1934 Havre De Grace Regatta
Auerbach Retains Class Title
Atlantic City sportsman wins 125 cubic inch class national title for the second time also sets new record at Havre de Grace.
S Mortimer Auerbach, Atlantic City, N. J., drove his new racer Emancipator III to a sweeping victory in the 125 cubic inch class national championship races at Havre de Grace, Md., July 20 and 21, winning all three heats. It was expected that Edison Hedges with his record holding Flying Eagle would put up a close battle for the honors but the best the Hedges boat could do was to take one third place in the first heat.
Emancipator III showed her speed in the first heat by averaging 45.168 miles per hour, the fastest time ever shown by a boat of this class in competition. Emancipator II, Mr. Auerbach's 1933 champion, was second in this heat and Flying Eagle was third. Six boats started. In the second heat the Emancipators again finished first and second but Guppy, owned by R. H. Dale, Washington, was third and Howdy, Harold Y. Haffner, Severna Park, Md., was fourth. The winner's time showed an average speed of 46.178 miles per hour. Emancipator III won the third heat also and this time Guppy was second with Emancipator II in third place and Howdy II, fourth. This last heat was marred by an accident to Anthony Pezzillo who was acting as mechanic on Emancipator II. Pezzillo was hurled from his seat as the boat, driven by Henry Heinshon, struck the backwash from a seaplane which had taken off directly in front of the racers. Four of his ribs were broken but when picked up he insisted that Emancipator II continue in the race.
In mile trials Emancipator III set a new class record of 50.561 miles per hour to shatter the former record of 46,864 made last year by Flying Eagle.
Emancipator III, like her sister, last year's champion, was built by Adolph Apel of Ventnor, N. J., and is powered with a Gray Blue Streak racing engine.
The ladies' inboard free-for-all event, held on the first day resulted in a win for Mrs. Rutherford who drove her husband's Gold Cup racer Imp. Sea Queen, driven by Mrs. W. H. Pippen, Elkton, Md., was second and Joe Anne, driven by Miss Margaret Lilly, was third.
The races for the new 225 class hydroplanes were disappointing on account of lack of competition. Mrs. Florence Burnham, Wilmington, Del., with her Chotsie VI had the only class entry and drove over the course to average 32.703 miles per hour. In the second heat Chotsie VI was unable to finish and the heat was won by Rex Boys, driven by C. P. Reckner, Severna Park, Md.
In the mile trials Chotsie VI did 39.560 miles per hour, which is slower than the 125 cubic inch class record. Joe Anne, a Dee-Wite 19400t runabout, powered with a Gray engine, set a new record for class F inboard runabouts by showing 40.268 miles per hour.
The Maryland Yacht club's annual cruiser handicap race from Baltimore to Havre de Grace was won by B. S. L. Davis with his 38-foot motor sailer Queen Elizabeth. Asu, owned by Dr. Paul B. Fleming, was second and J. W. Crowley's Neptune was third.
(Reprinted from Power Boating, October 1934)
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